I’m a bit of a policy wonk. In fact, policy making is what inspired me to go to law school in the first place. I’ve also been really keen on human rights, and in particular, international human rights. My second year in law school, I was awarded a fellowship by the Cohen Foundation to do international human rights law. I lived in Washington D.C. and worked at the NGO World Organization for Human Rights in Dupont Circle.
While in DC, I took a fancy to reading Ezra Klein, a policy journalist who at the time was writing for The Washington Post (Ezra has since left and co-founded Vox). Recently, a friend told me that as a fan of Ezra, I should check out Ronan Farrow. Well I did, and color me wowed.
According to wikipedia, Ronan – a striking young man with obvious good genes – “is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and former U.S. government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow and either filmmaker Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra.” Oh, and he also writes and records country songs.
In any event, all of this is to say that I am inspired. He is inspiring. And whether he turns out to be the son of Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra, the world needs more people like Ronan. In this very interesting Esquire article, he says something that I wholeheartedly agree with: “I care about the policy stuff. I don’t particularly like the politics.” It’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way, by working in politics. And I didn’t have the stomach for it. I hope he can stick it out, for the sake of our communities. For the sake of the world’s communities.
Personally, I’d like to see someone like him step up as Secretary of the State. I mean, he’s already worked with Hillary Clinton as a special advisor. It may very well happen.